2009 Nissan GT-R: No Place for it in My 18-car Garage
July 23, 2009
The Nissan GT-R can be riot. It's engineering and high-tech wizardry can be inspiring. It can draw looks from those in the know and catch those uninitiated by complete surprise. It can very well be the car of many folks' dreams. Just not mine.
In the likely event I become a multi-millionaire either through my own devices or the sudden revelation that I'm Wendelin Weideking's son, I must be prepared at all times to consider what cars would find their way into my 18-car garage. Arranged in train-yard style with a turn table surrounded by my many automotive treasures, it'll be awesome. But the GT-R won't be there.
It's exciting, but I don't see myself taking Godzilla out to stretch its legs. On mountain roads, it always seems like using dynamite when a sledge hammer will suffice (you even get this impression when driving it on Gran Turismo). I wouldn't actually take it someplace since its Comf ride is a joke and my back is bad enough as it is. It's certainly not pretty enough to keep around just to look at. The only way I'd get it would be as payment to Magrath for doing such a swell job maintaining the 17 other cars in the garage.
No, for the GT-R MSRP of $80,000, I'd opt instead for some of these beauties.
A 2009 Porsche 911 with a few options
A Used Aston Martin DB9 such as this one
This 1967 Chevy Corvette
I'm sure I can scrounge up a few others, but what would you rather have for the price of the GT-R?
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 25,680 miles